Dinenage in MPs’ archery tournament

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Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was today taking part in an archery tournament on Speaker’s Green in London.

The event marked the British archery team’s 150th anniversary and was also due to feature culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, and his parliamentary shadow, Ivan Lewis.

The competitors were advised by Commonwealth Games double gold medalist Nicky Hunt. It was organised by Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies, the parliamentary sponsor for archery in the countdown to next year’s London Olympic Games.

Speaking before the event, he said: ‘This will be the first time in the history of parliament – ever, with no exceptions – that there’s been a sporting event held there.

‘It will be happening right on the Speaker’s Green and the public will be able to look down from Westminster Bridge and see archery taking place. They will see MPs and Lords having a go, with some excellent guidance from Nicky and some of our leading coaches.’

More than 33,000 people now take part in archery in the UK – and the sport recently came top in an AXA-sponsored opinion poll of young people asked to name the Olympic sport they would most like to try.